Neighborhood Spotlight: Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg Come to Soho

This summer, Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg launch the latest rendition of the Brooklyn hotspot across the river in the heart of Soho.

Founded in 2008 by Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, the arts, crafts, antique and gourmet food market has since grown from a small backyard sale into a top tourist attraction. Vendors from all over the country come to showcase their furniture craftsmanship, vintage clothing and records, collectibles and gastronomic creations. Unlike the current Brooklyn locations, the new indoor Soho location will be open all year long at 100 Avenue of the Americas – a stone’s throw from Soho Grand. Brooklyn Flea’s other outdoor location in Dumbo is open April through October.

“Doing things al fresco is nice until it isn’t,” says Eric Demby on the new indoor location, “and when it comes to trying on stuff during the summer, there can never be enough air conditioning.” And air conditioning is abundant in the massive warehouse-turned-bustling market. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 6pm, tourists and locals alike are flooding the stalls of the 60+ vendors that inhabit the space. In mid-July, Smorgasburg will open its doors to the public at 76 Varick St., bringing an array of global cuisines to downtown Manhattan.

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“The mix of vendors at the new Flea is special. It’s more like a great new-economy store, with furniture — some incredible Dutch mid-century stuff, for one — clothing (vintage and new), clogs, a bones and taxidermy vendor,… all kinds of other great stuff,” says Demby. For those looking to stray away Broadway, this is a great spot to check out a unique array of finds. “The vintage vendors are the best of our longtimers, and they’re among the best anywhere at this point.”

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Despite being called a “flea market”, Brooklyn Flea brings a sophisticated approach to a thrifty shopping experience. Be sure to work the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg into your Soho weekend plans – and when you’re ready to rest your feet, Soho Grand is right around the corner waiting for you.

The Brooklyn Flea is now open at 100 Avenue of the Americas, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Smorgasburg will open in mid-July at 76 Varick St.

Words by Dylan Armstrong